There are no shortage of amazing supercar showrooms in London. But we don’t all live in London. And for those of us who do, the idea of picking up a lottery-win purchase before hitting traffic on the North Circular kind of ruins the dream.
But there’s a place in the north that caters for the discerning supercar buyer who’s willing to travel further afield than the capital. As its name suggests, Specialist Cars of Malton is based in North Yorkshire’s market town of Malton. A short drive from the brilliant North York Moors, buying a car from here could have all the makings of an epic road trip.
We head to Malton for a spot of window shopping.
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Porsche 993 RS Clubsport homage
Although there’s a variety of exotic metal in the showroom, Specialist Cars is primarily a Porsche specialist. Just 227 Porsche 993 RS Clubsports were ever sold, meaning finding a genuine one is tricky and, if you do, expensive. Hexagon Classics in London has one in stock for an eye-watering £399,995. This one is a replica – but you’d be hard-pushed to spot the difference. How much? If you have to ask…
Porsche 993 RS
This might look like the same car, but we assure you it isn’t. If you look through the window, you’ll see it’s less extreme inside, lacking the racing harnesses and roll bars of the Clubsport replica. Yes, this is a common-or-garden RS.
Porsche 911 Carrera Targa
Want to stand out, but yellow doesn’t float your boat? This magenta-coloured 911 is certainly a little different. Built in 1973, it was ordered off the back of Porsche’s 1973 London Motor Show car, which was finished in the same shade. Malton says it’s one of only two right-hand-drive magenta 911s in the UK, and one of 42 RHD 2.7 Carrera Targas.
Bentley Mulsanne Speed
Shall we move away from Porsches, briefly? This brand new Bentley Mulsanne Speed takes pride of place in the Malton showroom, right next to the desk of managing director John Hawkins. Not necessarily because he wants to spend all day looking at it, but probably because it’s huge. Powered by a 6.75-litre V8 engine, the 5.5-metre-long Mulsanne Speed hits 62mph in 4.9 seconds.
Citroen DS 19
“The best Citroen DS 19 Pallas in the UK,” Malton proudly boasts in its advert for this DS. Subject to a €60,000 restoration before it was imported from Portugal in 2011, it certainly looks eye-catching alongside pricier exotica. It’s yours for a shade under £40,000.
Looking for a sensible VW Golf for popping to the shops? Malton has just the… oh, maybe not. This Golf has been modified for racing, with a 320hp engine, two bucket seats and a rollcage. Oh, not to mention no fewer than 18 spare tyres. The ultimate track-day weapon.
Porsche 911 Supersport Targa
Ready to go back to Porsches? Well, they are what Malton does best. This Supersport is well known to Specialist Cars, having been through the showroom a number of times in its history. With a 3.2-litre engine producing 234hp, it’ll hit 62mph in 5.6 seconds. Finished in Guards Red, it certainly looks the part.
Porsche 964 Carrera RS
The market for the 964 Carrera RS is buoyant, with examples advertised elsewhere for more than £150,000. With lots of history and a fresh MOT, this Lightweight looks to be a particularly good example.
Porsche 996 GT3 RS
Moving outside, where Malton’s stock overflows into the car park. With a short production run between 2003 and 2005, just 113 GT3 RS 996s were sold in the UK. The track-focused model was based on the GT3, with weight reduced to make it one of the most capable track cars ever sold. While it wouldn’t be our first choice for a trek down the M1, a blast across the moors and a lap of nearby Croft in a GT3 RS does appeal.
Porsches for everyone
There’s a Porsche for everyone at Malton. While the modified Techart Cayenne in the centre isn’t quite to our taste, the 968 and 993 flanking it certainly appeal.
Porsche 997 Carrera 2
The racing stripes on this Porsche 997 Carrera 2 won’t be to everyone’s taste, but Malton says they can be easily removed. At £28,995 it’s one of the cheaper cars, here – despite having more than £16,000-worth of upgrades over the last four years.
Ordinarily, that’s as much as most customers get to see, but Malton invited us behind the scenes to see what goes into preparing its stunning Porsches and other classic cars for the showroom. First, we saw the workshop, where a 997 GT2 was being readied for sale. Matt LeBlanc’s runaround of choice, it’ll set you back a cool £124,995.
In the paintshop
We then headed to the paintshop, where the finishing touches are made to cars to make sure they’re absolutely perfect before being put on sale. Customers’ cars are also worked on – with Malton able to carry out any work from touching-up stone chips to a full respray.
Super storage unit
Finally, we took at a sneak peek inside the secret storage unit, where cars are stored until it’s time to offer them for sale. With highlights including a mint Series I Land Rover and a Lotus Cortina, the value of the cars stored here is probably increasing by the day.